Should kids get flu vaccine

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is sending a message to parents today.

They’re urging everyone to have their children immunized against influenza as soon as the vaccine is available.

The A-A-P recommends all children ages 6-months or older get the flu vaccine as soon as it becomes available.

They can get the trivalent vaccine that protects against three strains of the virus, or the new Quadrivalent vaccine that protects against four strains.

Despite the added protection the A-A-P does not give preference for one type of flu vaccine over another.

The latest research shows people who have egg allergy can receive the inactivated flu vaccine, but the A-A-P recommends pediatricians talk to an allergist before vaccinating any child with a history of severe reaction.

And kids two-years old and up will be happy to hear they may be able to avoid a shot because they’re eligible for the nasal mist spray.

To avoid a shortage the Centers for Disease Control is pledging to produce between 135 and 139 million flu vaccine doses.

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